Toyota To Take On Tesla With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car In 2015 - HotHardware
Toyota To Take On Tesla With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car In 2015

Toyota To Take On Tesla With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car In 2015

While Tesla is making waves with its all-electric fleet of cars, Toyota is exploring a non-fossil fuel alternative vehicle as well. The company announced that it will release a hydrogen fuel cell sedan next year, coming to Japan by April and in the U.S. and Europe sometime next summer.

Why hydrogen? “Hydrogen is a particularly promising alternative fuel since it can be produced using a wide variety of primary energy sources, including solar and wind power,” reads a Toyota press release. “When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries and is easier to store and transport.”

Toyota FCV

Toyota has been working with fuel cell technology since 2002, when it developed its “FC Stack” that used high-pressure hydrogen tanks and a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to generate power.

The company says it’s now significantly improved that technology, and the new version offers performance similar to a gas-powered car. It has a range of 700 km (approximately 435 miles) and can be refueled in about three minutes. More importantly, it exhausts only water vapor.

There’s no word on U.S. pricing, but Toyota’s FCV car will cost 7 million yen (about $68,810 USD) when it debuts.
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Not bad but what gas-powered car is it comparing it to? lol if it can perform well compared to high end sport cars then this is something to consider. That is if the price drops as well cause at that estimate idk.

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psst

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Seems cool but how much is it? What kind of performance does it have?

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It "offers performance similar to a gas-powered car" and "has a range of 700 km (approximately 435 miles) and can be refueled in about three minutes."

And the Japan version will cost around $70,000 US. I think it's safe to assume that the final number will be in that ball park for america.

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nope never gonna work

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biodiesel is cheaper. morons will always find a shitty reason to avoid simple logic.

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it may rival the range, price, and fueling speed of gas but think of how much money is needed to install the infrastructure for hydrogen stations. There is a reason why Toyota is willing to give free hydrogen for the first year after purchasing the car, because they know there is not enough incentive to buy the care otherwise with the limited amount of fueling stations. Add the fact that making hydrogen fuel is extremely inefficient and you have technology that isn't quite ready for primetime, but it will be interesting to watch how things play out among the early adopters.

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You still have to fill it up at a station which I guess is the only reason the fuel industry will let this happen. They hate electric vehicles because they can't gauge us at the pump, now they still can.

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LOL this is SO old news .....Honda had and has the FCX from 10years ago!!!! Toyota come on! your so far behind!

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